Moor History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Moor surname in England arose independently from several sources. The name was topographic, for someone who lived near a moor, from Middle English more word "moor," meaning "an area of uncultivated land." It was taken on as a surname from an existing place name such as Moore in Cheshire or More in Shropshire. And, it also evolved from the personal name Moor, which came to Britain with the Normans.

Early Origins of the Moor family

The surname Moor was first found in Leicestershire, before the name had made its way to Ireland. Moor-Town in Yorkshire held an early significance to the family's lineage. "This place, which derives its name from its situation, anciently belonged to the Moore family, who flourished here at a very early period." [1]

Barnbrough, or Barmbrough in the West Riding of Yorkshire was home to another branch of the family. "This place has long been in the possession of the family of More; John More, only son and heir of Sir Thomas, the celebrated chancellor of England, having obtained it by marriage with Ann Cresacre, whose family had settled here in the reign of Edward I. Barmbrough Hall, the former seat of the Cresacres and Mores, is in a retired situation near the church." [1]

"In the family vault of the Ropers church [in St. Dunstan, Kent], still lies the head of Sir Thomas More, which was placed here by his beloved daughter, and was discovered during some repairs in 1835." [1]

Kirkdale in Lancashire was home to another branch of the family in early times. "The first on record of the Moore family is Randle de la Moore, who as reeve of Liverpool appeared at the sessions of the justices in eyre at Lancaster in 1246. His name frequently occurs in documents of the time of Henry III and Edward I. His eldest son, John de la Moore, sen., also attested many charters of the time of the first Edwards; he was one of the three attorneys found by the borough of Liverpool in a plea of quo warranto at Lancaster in 1292." [2]

Important Dates for the Moor family

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Moor Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Moore, Moor and others.

Early Notables of the Moor family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include John Moore (c. 1595-1657), an English clergyman of Puritan views, an author of pamphlets against enclosures; Colonel John Moore (1599-1650), Governor of Liverpool, and a Parliamentarian in the English Civil Ward, who was one of the signatories of the death warrant of King Charles I in 1649; Thomas Moore (1618-1695) of Hawkchurch, Dorset, an English politician, High Sheriff of Dorset (1671-1672); Sir Jonas Moore, FRS (1617-1679), an English mathematician, surveyor, Ordnance Officer and patron of astronomy, a driving force...
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Moor migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Moor Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Moor, who landed in New Hampshire in 1630 [3]
  • Henry Moor, who landed in Maryland in 1649 [3]
  • Jane Moor, who landed in Maryland in 1652-1653 [3]
  • Roger Moor, who landed in Maryland in 1652-1653 [3]
  • Ann Moor, who landed in Maryland in 1652-1653 [3]
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Moor Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Margaret Moor, who arrived in Virginia in 1701 [3]
  • Rebecca Moor, who landed in Virginia in 1703 [3]
  • Gilbert Moor, who arrived in Virginia in 1705 [3]
  • Andreas Moor, who arrived in New York in 1709 [3]
  • Henrich Moor, who arrived in New York, NY in 1710 [3]
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Moor Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Gabriel Moor, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812 [3]
  • James Moor, aged 23, who arrived in Delaware in 1812 [3]
  • Samuel D Moor, aged 27, who landed in New York, NY in 1821 [3]
  • Lewis Moor, aged 22, who landed in America in 1822 [3]
  • Johannes Moor, who arrived in Texas in 1840-1850 [3]
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Moor migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Moor Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Mosa Moor U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 he served in Jessups Rangers [4]
  • Mr. Thomas Moor U.E. who settled in Kingston, Kings County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [4]
  • Mr. William Moor U.E. who settled in Adolphus Town [Adolphustown], Ontario c. 1786 he was in the Works, Engineers Department [4]
Moor Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Richard Moor, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1825
  • Mary Mullany Moor, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1831

Moor migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Moor Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Robert Moor, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Christopher Moor, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Thomas Lowry" in 1848 [6]
  • Mr. James Moor, (b. 1830), aged 22, Cornish miner departing from Falmouth in April 1852 aboard the ship "Augusta Schneider" arriving in Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia on 24th August 1852 [7]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Moor, (b. 1833), aged 19, Cornish settler departing from Falmouth in April 1852 aboard the ship "Augusta Schneider" arriving in Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia on 24th August 1852 [7]
  • Rebecca Moor, aged 18, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Nabob"

Moor migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Moor Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Simon Moor, (b. 1860), aged 19, Scottish farm labourer, from Orkney travelling from Clyde aboard the ship "Nelson" arriving in Invercargill, Southland, South Island, New Zealand on 28th August 1879 [8]
  • Sarah Moor, aged 34, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S. S. Rimutaka" in 1886
  • Henry R. Moor, aged 11, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S. S. Rimutaka" in 1886
  • Thomas Moor, aged 10, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S. S. Rimutaka" in 1886
  • Emma M. Moor, aged 8, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S. S. Rimutaka" in 1886
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Contemporary Notables of the name Moor (post 1700)

  • Wyman Bradbury Seavy Moor (1811-1869), American politician and lawyer, United States Senator from Maine in 1848
  • Terry Moor (b. 1952), American former tennis player
  • Drew Moor (b. 1984), American professional soccer player
  • William Moor (b. 1765), English sailor and explorer associated with the Hudson’s Bay Company
  • Ian John Moor (b. 1974), English singer
  • Henry Moor (1809-1877), English lawyer and politician who emigrated to Australia in 1842 where he became Mayor of Melbourne (1842-1854)
  • Benedict "Ben" Moor (b. 1969), English comedy writer and actor
  • Andy Moor (b. 1980), English DJ, producer and remixer
  • George Raymond Dallas Moor VC, MC & Bar (1896-1918), Australian soldier, recipient of the Victoria Cross for his actions on 5th June, 1915
  • Edward Moor (1771-1848), British soldier and Indologist, known for his book The Hindu Pantheon, Fellow of the Royal Society in 1806
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Historic Events for the Moor family

RMS Titanic
  • Mrs. Beila Moor, aged 29, Russian Third Class passenger from Romania who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived in the sinking in life boat 14 [9]
  • Master Meier Moor, aged 7, Russian Third Class passenger from Romania who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived in the sinking in life boat 14 [9]

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Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ 'Townships: Scarisbrick', in A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 3, ed. William Farrer and J Brownbill (London, 1907), pp. 265-276. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/lancs/vol3/pp265-276 [accessed 21 January 2017].
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1828 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1828
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THOMAS LOWRY 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848ThomasLowry.htm
  7. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retreived 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_victoria.pdf
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
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